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Interior chamber of the Burns Monument - erected in 1823 to commemorate the memory of Robert Burns

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Interior chamber of the Burns Monument - erected in 1823 to commemorate the memory of Robert Burns in Alloway

Introduction:
Burns Monument was the first memorial built to the memory of the Poet Robert Burns in Ayrshire, and is close to the bank of the River Doon in Alloway. It is situated only half a mile South of the thatched cottage where he was born on 25th January 1759.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT1000.01
Project:
198:The History of Robert Burns at Alloway
Material:
Sandstone
What:
Interior chamber of the Burns Monument - erected in 1823 to commemorate the memory of Robert Burns
Subject:
The Monument foundation stone was laid on 25th January, 1820 and the completed building opened on 4th July 1823, with much ceremony when the gold leafed finial was finally positioned on its carved dolphin mounts.
Who:
Thomas Hamilton jnr (architect)
Robert Burns (poet)
When:
1823
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
The Monument foundation stone was laid on 25th January, 1820 and the completed building opened on 4th July 1823, with much ceremony when the gold leafed finial was finally positioned on its carved dolphin mounts.
Description:
The circular interior chamber of the Monument has a high domed roof surmounted by a glass cupola. Sheep skull carvings adorn the upper rim and a small alcove is supported by two fluted Doric pillars in which stands a marble bust of Robert Burns on a wooden base.